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Old Posted May 29, 2008, 5:28 AM
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Mecca preparing for $12-billion, 130-highrise redevelopment

This is ridiculous! I can't remember reading about anything that comes close. Maybe Beijing (a real boomtown, unlike Dubai) had something like this but if it did I don't know about it:

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The holiest city in Islam is to get a £6bn facelift, it was announced yesterday, with homes and hills being flattened to make way for hotels, apartments, shopping malls and transport facilities for pilgrims. Six development projects ordered by the Saudi monarch, King Abdullah, will transform Mecca, which struggles to accommodate the millions of Muslims who pour into the city every year to perform hajj.

The biggest change will be to the courtyards of the Grand Mosque, which can hold at least 100,000 worshippers during prayer times. An ambitious expansion programme has led to the demolition of 1,000 properties in the immediate Shamiya area and Saudi authorities have set aside an estimated £80m to compensate the homeowners.

There will also be a new residential district to the south-west of the mosque. Construction firms have begun to level hills to create a 230,000 square metre area that will include high-rise apartments and air conditioned prayer facilities for up to 120,000.

A new ring road, four kilometres (2.5 miles) long and 80m wide, will ease congestion and link to the Jeddah highway, while a project to the south of the mosque will increase prayer space from 1,170 to 30,000 square metres and provide parking space for more than 1,000 cars.

But Irfan Al Alawi, the founder and former executive director the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, said: "It's the Manhattanisation of Mecca. The Saudis want to build skyscrapers. The worry is that as they level hills and mountains they will destroy sites of cultural interest."

A report by the Saudi British Bank, one of the kingdom's biggest lenders, estimates that £15bn will be invested by local and foreign companies in construction and infrastructure in Mecca in the next four years. Up to 130 new skyscrapers are anticipated, including the Abraj Al Bait Towers, a seven-tower project that will be one of the largest buildings in the world, with a 2,000-room hotel, a 1,500-person convention centre, heliports and a four-storey mall that will house hundreds of outlets.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008...diarabia.islam
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Old Posted May 29, 2008, 6:29 PM
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WTF???!! That was outta nowhere!
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this is one thing i actually am against. mecca is a historical era and it would be like leveling half of jerusalem and building tons of skyscrapers.
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sad part is this has to happen
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wow...that sounds like something they would do here in Detroit...actually somebody proposed doing that one time.
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wow this will be great....
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Why doesn't Mecca have a metro system?

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Good new, will see how it ends
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yes!! thats sweet!! i hope it will actually happen
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This isn't all that unexpected really (or all that unreasonable). I don't think any other city on earth had to accommodate crowds the way Mecca does. It takes a lot of physical space to hold 4 million+ visitors. Hotel rooms, camping spaces, transportation corridors, and just physical space for all of that humanity.
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Why doesn't Mecca have a metro system?
it does now, and it will soon have trains connecting other cities
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